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Assessment

This page provides links to the use of technology to support or deliver assessments to your students

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Moodle Discussion forums to collect new class material

Discussion forums are extremely powerful tool help bring learning outside the classroom. However they also can be used to bring learning back into the classroom from the teachers point of view. This short youtube clip illustrates the different type of discussion forums available into moodle and also how to set them up.

Later clips will show you how to use this as an assignment that gets the students to assessment the contribution of their classmates

Making online quizzes using Moodle

Frequent in-class quizzes have been associated with positive learning outcomes including increased student achievement, attendance, and confidence (Ruscio, 2001; Wilder, Flood, & Stomsnes, 2001). Frequent quizzing reportedly maintains student study effort and promotes course engagement (Smith et al., 2000; Sporer, 2001). In general students rate the quizzes favorably and believe they are helpful in preparing for in-class examinations. Practice tests help students evaluate their learning and focus study effort accordingly (Maki, 1998).

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Rubrics for assessment

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SLEDcc_orange_rubrics_semifinal_draft (Photo credit: Fleep Tuque)

A rubric is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task.  A rubric can also provide a basis for self-evaluation, reflection, and peer review. It is aimed at accurate and fair assessment, fostering understanding, and indicating a way to proceed with subsequent learning/teaching.Please find abelow a variety of rubrics that I have encountered from various workshops and courses that I have attended. Please give the authors of the rubrics the appropriate recognition if you decide to spread these on to your colleagues.

Peer Assessment Rubric – based on a design by Richard Felder

Sharon Flynn from NUI Galway very kindly shared rubric that she uses for On Discussion participation

Oral assessment – Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University

As a student on the Learning Innovation Network special purpose award “Teaching and Learning”, I received feedback in the form of a rubric on a seminar paper that I submitted to the course instructors, led by Marion Palmer, IADT.

There is also a good discussion in this article on rubrics for student blogs

I would be really interested in your comments on rubrics and would be delighted if you would be willing to share rubrics that you have came across throughout your education. I have also found great websites on assessment that can be accessing by clicking http://www.diigo.com/user/markglynn/assessment

Prezi – the alternative to powerpoint, an ideal tool for group work for students

Prezi Logo

Prezi Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a go at Prezi today – www.prezi.com. It takes a little getting used to but it is a nice alternative to powerpoint. Just like powerpoint you can spend more time messing about with the various settings changing the way things look on your presentation. So take my advice and remember that your target is to get the information across, not have it flash across the screen in bright colours and flashing lights.

Have a look at this prezi video to get yourself started

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